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CHAMBER OF COMMERCE.

+ MONTHLY MEETING. Mr W. F. Mason presided over the monthly meeting of the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce last evening, there being present Messrs J. S. Bond, H. C. Ross, Cuffe, J. Bettley, Gruar, H. Howden, Sandes and Going. APOLOGIES. Apologies were received for the absence of Messrs J. W. Ellis and R. Gwvnne. HAMILTON SOUTH. Mr J. W. Ellis wrote that there were two Haniiltons in New Zealand, suggesting that steps be taken to have the name of the town in the South (Maniototo County) changed. He mentioned this matter as he had repeatedly been put to greut lo'ss and inconvenience through goods being either held up or sent to the South. Ihe Southern Hamilton, he said, was evidently a small place, and when the name of Alexandra yas changed to Pirongia the reason given was that confusion was caused, and that this being so the larger Alexandra in the South should keep the name, and the change be made by the smaller town, so no doubt the same reason would be effective now. The chairman thought that they had a \ery good case and should approach the Postmaster-General on the matter. Mr bond raid that the town in the S')Uth was named Haniiltons. It was eventually decided to write the Postmaster-General with a view to having a change made. K Hi IK IRIROA STATION.

M.' Daniel], writing re the many unsuccessful attempts to have a stationmaster stationed at Kirikiriroa, said that it had come to his knowledge that the Traffic Inspector, on a recent visit remarked that an application for a porter would be promptly acceded to. The annual cost of .i stationmaster would be £2.">o to £3OO, and '.f a porter £l3O to £l5O. Mr Daniel) siid there was already a tablet porter on duty two and a half hours per day, and the additional cost would not be great, and further a porter would unload small consignments, a duty which would be beneath the dignity of a staionmaster. As the presence of a porter at once suggested the erection of a goods shed, he respectfully suggested that the Chamber at once make application to the authorities for the full services of a porter. Members were of the opinion that the stationing of a porter for full time would be the first step towards the appointment of a stationmaster, and it was decided to make the application. RURAL TELEPHONES.

Mr F. C. Daniell wrote urging the Chamber to take up the matter of party telephones, enclosing a circular issued by the Te Awamutu Chamber of Commerce. The circular set out the advantages of the party system of rural telephones under the new regulations. Mr Daniell said that while our future as a commercial centre seemed assured, the detail trade was in danger of_ being greatly circumscribed by- better communications offered by adjacent towns. The chairman said that these party telephones had proved of great use to the country, and the people of Te Awamutu were reaping the benefit. He thought that as it was a matter that concerned the business men they should endeavor to encourage the party telephone. He moved that a committee from the Chamber meet the Business Men's League and discuss the matter and bring it forward. He suggested Messrs Howden and Daniell as the committee. This was seconded by Mr Ross and carried.

GRAVITATION WATER SUPPLY. Mr Mason said that it was about time they took steps towards providing a highpressure water supply. What had brought this matter to a head was that the Te Awamutu people were setting out to tap the Kaniwhaniwha stream, a source of supply which was looked upon as Hamilton's future supply. However, he thought that this was a matter for the Borough Council to take up. Mr Bettley said that the source the Te Awamutu people were looking to was not the stream, but'a fine spring which had been discovered on the mountain. The matter was deferred, the chairman promising to obtain more information in the meantime. RAILWAY CONSIGNMENT.

Hon. W. H. Herries wrote : ; n reference to the Chamber's letter in regard to the circular issued by the New Zealand Express Co. to the tradespeople of Hamilton, drawing attention to the saving which could be effected by shipping through their medium by being able to have parcels bulked. The Minister stated that for many years the railway tariff had contained a regulation respecting parcels for distribution at destinations, laying down that the minim am charge should be as for 2cwt at small lot rates if booked through the goods department,, or if booked throygh the parcels department, tfie charge should be rate and a h'alf. It had come under the department's notice that some merchants and others were in the habit of arranging with firms to have small parcels collected and consigned by one iirm without making any declaration on the consignment note that the parcels were for distribution at destination, and were thus infringing the regulations by getting the parcels conveyed at ordinary rates instead of at the rates referred to above. The department was therefore compelled in its own interests to put the by-law into force. This stipulated that where a case contained more than one package for distribution separate consignment notes should be made out. This was of general application where c;oods were foi distribution by agents, and it did not refer to express companies only. Mr Mason said that they should ask the department if a consignor was at liberty to collect parcels for one consignee only. Mr Gruar said that he had gone into the matter and had ascertained that firms in Auckland would not collect and pack enclosures, as there was a penalty of £lO attached to such action.

A motion along the lines of Mr Mason's suggestion was carried, a suggestion by Mr Ross that the department be asked to frame a by-law allowing a percentage of the total weight of a package as enclosures being held over pending the department's reply. MATAMATA'S CHAMBER.

Mr R. N. Wild wrote stating that it was proposed to form a Chamber of Commerce in the Matamata district, and he would consider it a favor if the Chamber would supply him with details. The Secretary was instructed to for ward all the information in the possesion of the Chamber. KARAMU MAIL. . The chairman said that he had seen the postmaster re the Karamu ,T iail, and had learned that they had never had a direct mail, jt having been sent to Ngaruawahia and thence worked its way through the Waipa valley to Karamu. Tenders had been called for a service, but they were so high as to be out of the juestion. Mr Cuffe said that he had been informed that the mails were now taken by the Raglan coach. Nothing further was done in the matter. THE COLLEGE. Mr Mason reported that a deputation from the Chamber, in company with the Farmers' Union, had waited on the Premier with regard to the Agricultural College. They had been well received, and, he thought, had done their cause a lot of rood. They had not gone into the matter

of site, and for this had been commended '-> v Mr Massey. WHAU CANAL Messrs .Ellis and feandes were appointed delegates to attend a conference in Auckland at the end ol December to discuss the VVhau canal proposal. MR BOND WELCOMED. The chairman welcomed Mr J. S. Bond, who has just returned from a visit to England and the Continent. He mentioned that Mr Bond, who had always been a valuable metnebr of the Chamber, had studied the motor traction question while in England, and had gathered a great deal of valuable information, so that a few remarks by him on this subject would no doubt be appreciated by the members.

Mr Bond, however, said that he was preparing a report on motor iransit generally and this would be presented at a future meeting.

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CHAMBER OF COMMERCE., Waikato Times, Issue 12453, 10 December 1912

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